I booked to stay on a Saturday night at East Lodge for my partner's 30th birthday. I did book the day before my partner's birthday at short notice and the hotel offered a discounted superior room for £160.00 including breakfast. During the booking I was asked on the phone if there was anything the hotel could assist with and I requested a large bouquet of flowers to be in placed in the room.
On arrival we were greeted outside the hotel and assisted by a member of staff who kindly took our bags and instantly made us both feel very welcome. All staff were very pleasant, efficient and well mannered.
We were shown to our room and again provided full assistance with our bags. The immaculately clean bedroom was well equipped with a large flat screen TV including Sky, a desk, a two seat sofa and coffee table, a dressing table with chair and a large double bed with a comfortable firm mattress. The fully tiled ensuite bathroom provided a seperate shower cubicle and a bath - and to my partners delight a waterproof tv screen. Also adding to my partners surprise was to be greeted in the room by the ordered bouquet of flowers thoughtfully placed in a large vase.
As we had booked a table for dinner the hotel kindly provided a copy of the menu in our room. A three course meal costs £37 per person including a prestarter (although this is not mentioned in the menu). The menu choice was excellent with a range of dishes such as beef slow cooked for 24 hours, duck, chicken, fish and vegetarian options on offer. Please note the cuisine is a fine dining experience based on quality not quantity. Be advised if you are expecting plates full of food then you will be disappointed - perhaps those who have a larger appetite or belly should look elsewhere!
Before sitting down for our meal, we were cordially greeted by the manager who asked if we wished to order any drink in the bar. A bottle of Peroni lager and a small diet coke was brought to us in addition to a small selection of crisps, olives and peanuts. The drinks came in at just over £8.00 - okay for a special occasion however this cost is bordering City of London drink prices ...
Having selected our courses we were shown to the restaurant. A bottle of wine was ordered and our meals were brought to us when we were ready. Go for the beef or the duck and try the chocolate gateux with apricot ... sublime!
For those of you who enojy breakfast there is a great selection to choose from: the standard fare of full english breakfast to scottish haggis with toast topped with a ducks egg, a meal I have never come across before!
If you are contemplating a hotel for a celebration then East Lodge is perfect. Would I go back again? Definitely. Would I recommend to friends and family? Absolutely!
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- Also Known As:
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- East Lodge Country House Hotel Rowsley, Derbyshire